Sphynx: touching siftly on every purrfect heart,
Love to be with you…always
The Sphynx are extremely outgoing cats. They are very people oriented and require a lot of attention. Being an active breed, they love to play. They are very inquisitive and really enjoy to participate in anything their parents are doing. They are highly intelligent and can often learn commands. They can even learn to play fetch very easily. They get along great with children, as well as other animals including dogs.
The main characteristic of the Sphynx is her hairlessness and it varies from cat to cat. The Sphynx have a wedge shaped head with large lemon shaped eyes and large ears as well as a long whippy tail. They have a nice sized body with a round belly. They come in various colours. The colour can be solid, spotted and even pointed with blue eyes. All coat and eye colours are accepted in the show ring.
Taking care of newborn Sphynx kittens can be challenging.
They are very fragile at birth and remain so for the first few weeks of their life. Keeping them warm is a must. Sphynx cats tend to have a lot of energy so they need to be fed a high quality diet. Due to their lack of hair, they are indoor only breed. Sphynx cats and kittens like to be in an environment that is not less than 70 degrees F.
Grooming…I like it!
Just because they are hairless does not meant that they are maintenance free. They are not hard to take care of, but do require weekly grooming.
A cat approved shampoo is recommended, as well as weekly ear cleaning.
The crux of all goodness…
The Sphynx has been compared to a few other animals for good reason. They are monkey-like because they love to climb and jump. If they get their mind set on doing something, they figure out a way to do it. They also like to sit and ride around your shoulders… They are also very much like man’s best friend, they love to greet their parents at the door when they arrive home. They love to sit on your lap while you are watching television or surfing internet. When bedtime comes, they prefer to sleep with you –usually under the blanket.
Healthy…with a delicate heart
The Sphynx are generally a healthy breed with a life expectancy just as long as any other cat. In recent year, the Sphynx breed has developed some heart issues such as Cardiomyopathy.
Many breeders screen their Sphynx for heart issues prior to breeding. Typically an ultrasound of the heart is done to check for abnormalities. Then yearly rechecks are advised.
(Kim Copeland has been breeding and showing Sphynx for over 7 years. For more info about this breed, visit: www.bare-cats.com)